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Published August 14, 2012, 03:24 PM

Agricultural drought emergency declared in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple has declared an agricultural drought emergency due to drought conditions in 50 counties in North Dakota.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple has declared an agricultural drought emergency due to drought conditions in 50 counties in North Dakota.

The declaration requires state agencies to prepare drought response support services.

The executive order covers 50 counties as well as the five Indian reservations in North Dakota.

The U.S. Drought Monitor Index shows that 87 percent of North Dakota is experiencing drought conditions and portions of 20 counties are classified as suffering from severe drought

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